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In our first posts of 2016, we wrote about outdoor living trends, in general, and about the specific significance of deck design details.

Both articles address the importance of increasing the comfort and usage of an outdoor space.  Often that begins with some sort of cover… shade from the sun or protection from the rain… or maybe both!

Covered Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Covered Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Whether you’d like to add an outdoor umbrella or completely enclose your space, or something in-between, there’s no shortage of options from retailers and contractors alike.

Covered Patio by Archadeck -- Pergola and Roof Structure

Covered Patio by Archadeck — Pergola and Roof Structure

So, today, lets talk about ways to cover your deck, patio or porch.

You might ask… does a cover cost a lot money?  Not necessarily.  Or perhaps.  It just depends.  Keep reading to learn about your options. Read the rest of this entry »

Certain things  just ‘go’ together for summer fun.

Decks, Pergolas, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

Deck with Pergola Design Drawing by Archadeck

  • hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill
  • a hammock under a tree
  • lemonade stands and kids
  • swimming pools and sprinklers
  • ice cream trucks and outdoor games
  • and a deck with a shade pergola because…

… there’s no better way to add a bit of shade over a deck, than with a pergola. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck, Pergola, Screened Porch by Archadeck

Deck, Pergola, Screened and Open Porch by Archadeck

The term ‘trifecta’ in horse racing lingo, is a bet or wager in which horses are predicted to win first, second and third place in that precise order.

However, ‘trifecta’ is also a term used to describe a situation where three elements join together, simultaneously.

And when it comes to outdoor spaces, Archadeck is synonymous with a trifecta.  Let me explain…

Years ago, a basic square or rectangular wood deck was the norm.

Today’s decks, however, are anything but basic. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Shade Pergolas by Archadeck

Shade Pergola for a Deck by Archadeck

When it comes to our weather, St. Louis is often called ‘the land of the four seasons’.

And it’s not uncommon for St. Louisians to experience ‘all four seasons’ in the span of one week!

One day folks might be wearing snow boots and the next day, backyard BBQ’s are happening.

Really… it’s true.

Of course, we have some dreary and cold days; however, by and large, St. Louis is filled with sunshine during all four-seasons.

But by now you’re probably thinking, “What does all this weather-talk have to do with pergolas?”

Well, anyone who lives in our area can attest our weather can be downright crazy at times; subsequently, homeowners living ‘in this neck of the woods’ definitely take weather into account when considering outdoor home improvements including shade options. Read the rest of this entry »

Custom Decks and Porches by Archadeck

Outdoor Living Spaces by Archadeck

So you’re ready to add a new (or remodel an old) deck, porch or other outdoor space for your home in St. Louis or St. Charles but you’re probably wondering…

‘Where on earth do I begin?’

Well, it’s easy to start with a little internet research to learn about ‘outdoor living’ trends for St. Louis homeowners like yourself.

Blogs, such as this, can be a great starting point and provide a wealth of initial information.

2013 Related Posts:

St. Louis Mo: Outdoor living design trends by Archadeck

Deck and Railing Designs:  How to choose?

Building a Deck:  Where to start?

Next, look at pictures of completed projects to identify exactly which designs and materials are personally appealing to you.

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